Online Workshops

Learn with Julie Schumer: New Online Expressive Painting Workshops 

Learn at your own pace, in your own space, with Julie Schumer.  Because of the need to forego “in person” workshops for the time being, we are cancelling the remainder of the 2020 workshops. Instead, we are developing online workshops!

Designed for all skill levels, the courses will be divided into modules by topic, and will include video discussions and demonstrations as well as pdf downloads full of practical information.  In the privacy of your own studio, Julie will encourage you to experiment with new tools and exercises to free your creativity and cultivate your own artistic voice, without self-conscious judgment and fear of failure. Following are courses that we are planning. 

We welcome your feedback! Let us know what you would like to see. 

“Dive Into Abstract Painting”

Julie Schumer

We are in the process of creating an online course version of our signature workshop, Dive Into Abstract Painting.

This workshop is perfect for beginners who feel lost, overwhelmed and fearful about starting their creative practice or for painters with some experience who could use a refresher in basic principles.

Together we will explore what basic materials to have on hand, setting up your studio, how to get and stay loose, finding your artistic voice, and certain of the elements of abstract painting including color value, mark making, and composition, as well as various ways to start and move through a painting to the end. 

Our focus is on you learning to trust your creative intelligence, which will lead to you to approach your painting practice with confidence and joy.

About The Instructor

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops.

“Up To The Mark: An Abstract Intensive With Emphasis On Mark Making”

Develop your own unique marks and painting vocabulary in this  abstract acrylic workshop. We will work on archival paper and, for those who like, unstretched canvas, using conventional and unconventional mark making tools and drawing media, such as different kinds of graphite, charcoal, inks, markers and the like, as well as acrylic paint.  Via guided exercises you will practice a variety of marks and learn how to create a work rich with history and depth through the process of layering these marks with acrylic paint.  This class is suitable for beginning and intermediate painters.  No experience with acrylic paints is necessary.

About The Instructor

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops.

“Boldly Abstract”

Through a series of guided exercises we will cover composition, color, value and how to work on multiples at the same time. Find your own signature with different mark making tools and learn how your marks enliven your paintings. You will learn how to harmonize any palette, move from analysis paralysis to painting success and to trust your artistic choices. 

We also share our extensive knowledge of the art business with you, covering such topics as the mechanics of running your own art business, applying to galleries, staying organized and juggling social media and marketing, as well as the ins and outs of participation in art fairs.

About The Instructors

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops.

Cat Tesla is an award winning international artist with gallery representation in the U.S. and U.K.  She provides a unique perspective to abstract painting in a supportive environment.  Formerly a genetic counselor, she has been a professional artist for 22 years.

“Go Big!: Paint Large Workshop”

Would you like to paint larger but you’re afraid to make the leap?  In this workshop you will explore the creation of non-objective paintings on a surface larger than you ever have before and discover the thrill of making larger, bolder marks on a bigger surface.  We will  use large paper and unstretched canvas as well as acrylic paints and a variety of drawing tools.  Through a series of guided exercises as well as independent exploration, you will enter this exciting new land.

About The Instructors

Julie Schumer is a self-taught artist.  Her work is shown in galleries across the United States and is in many private collections.  She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and in the past several years began teaching loosening up painting workshops.

James Koskinas is a painter, writer, actor and  co-creator of the film, “The Twilight Angel,” as well as a play, “Even if The Mountains Burn.”  He attended the College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland, California and has more recently studied with artists with Bob Winston, Robert Burridge, and Dean Howell. James Koskinas

Custom & Private Workshops

Julie offers custom & private workshops tailored to your individual needs and goals and can base a curriculum based on what you want to accomplish. Schedule your private workshop for a half day, full day (6 hours) or multiple days.    Contact Julie to discuss a workshop for yourself or a small group.  

For the time being, these workshops will only be available via Zoom or a similar video conferencing platform.


Workshop Videos and Testimonials

Participants say:

Every day of the workshop was an eye opener.  After experiencing the tools and techniques, I am confident I now can go paint big.  Great to work in community.  It is great benefit to have two teaches each with their own unique perspectives. 
-A Rogone

I LOVED Julie’s 2 day “Paint Big, Paint Loose” class in her Santa Fe studio.  Julie had prepared me in advance not to expect any masterpieces nor any finished paintings.  Having this expectation prior to arriving at class allowed me just to play, experiment, move big and have fun.  And have fun I did have.  The exercises, some of which I had never done, were enjoyable as was the free painting time.  Julie was generous with her expertise, supplies and encouragement and gentle in giving suggestions.  LOVED this class.  Thanks, Julie.  
-Lynne P.

Julie’s workshops are amazing.  She helps you unlock your spark and push past your boundaries into new territory.  Loved every minute.
-Diane Semper

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Looking down from the balcony

Julie’s workshop was informative, inspiring, and helped build my confidence and momentum–which was exactly what I needed.
I enjoyed learning the loosening up techniques to help get started when faced with a blank canvas and not sure where/how to start; and also had fun exploring with new paint and drawing tools that produced surprisingly great results. The walking tour of galleries, experimenting with color and painting large were additional highlights of the weekend. Julie is a wonderful guide, a gracious host and very generous in sharing her extensive knowledge. I loved getting wild and re-igniting my creative spirit. Look forward to taking another workshop soon!
-Rose H. Faissal

I did Julie’s Abstract workshop in May and had the most wonderful time. The space was an artist dream workspace. She introduced us to new tools and new techniques which helped push me to explore my art making in a new way.
Julie was an informed and encouraging teacher. And a pleasure to get to know better as I have long been an admirer of her work. I recommend her workshops with highest acclaim!
-Robin Hamaker

“Fortunate indeed are those who take a class from Suzanne Jacquot and Julie Schumer. This is not the usual experience, where there is normally one platform, or one focus. They both have crafted, as a team, new approaches to content: tools, colors, size, composition. Yes, these are the “under layers”, just like any other class you might have taken. But it goes far beyond that.
Meeting you at your level, their skills are intuitive. And this is in a class room with others!! I don’t know how they do it, but I felt as if I was getting individualized instruction. I learned to “build” personalized layers with each day’s class, within myself, and I became confident of my creativity, and how I express it.”


-Sarah O’Hala

“Where the Pavement Ends” was a valuable artistic experience that I would highly recommend. The painting and drawing exercises designed by the instructor are created to benefit artists of all levels.”
-Amy Longcope


“The workshop was a life changing event for my husband and me, who were first time painters. After a few guided exercises, we quickly developed our own styles and gained a feeling for painting. James and Julie’s mentoring approach provided a safe and stress-free environment that allowed us to feel comfortable opening up and letting loose our creative side. We especially enjoyed painting together on the same piece. It was a unique challenge that allowed us to learn how to combine our different styles in a cohesive and collaborative manner.”
-Violeta Hammond

“Where the Pavement Ends” was an experience that I believe has taken my approach to painting to a new level. This experience is comparable
to a spiritual break through for me in the sense that once a realization or understanding happens, it can never be un-learned. I have been
liberated from some old habitual boring patterns that no longer serve me and this workshop experience has added new approaches and spaciousness to my process. Thank you James!”
-Laura Tarnoff